An effort to bust myths of Transgenic Technology

In an effort to create awareness and knowledge among journalists and the public, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS, Bangalore) organized an interactive meeting and panel discussion on GM Crops with media fellows on ‘Transgenic Technology' .

The discussion took place on January 8, 2014, and was presided and moderated by Padmashree Awardee Dr M Mahadevappa, director, JSS Rural Development Foundation, Mysore and Ex-Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad.

The panel members included, Dr B Sesikeran, former director, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad; Dr K K Narayanan, MD, Metahelix Life Science, Bangalore; Dr Ashwath c, head of division, IIHR, Bangalore; Dr T M Manjunath, consultant, agri-biotechnology and integrated pest management, Bangalore; Dr P H Ramanjini Gowda, professor of biotechnology, GKVK, among others.

The welcome note was delivered by Dr M A Shankar, director of research, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore.

Dr Sesikeran said that genetic modification has been happening in the nature for a long time. "There are lot of genes moving from one plant to another and from people to people. Now through Science, humans can specifically pick out a gene from one source and put it in another one for our own advantage."

He further added stating that when a technology is introduced, we need to find out its potential for the society and run a risk-benefit analysis. "We need to check how beneficial it'd be to our farmers and the possible harm it might cause to humans, animals and the environment," he said.


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